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Surgery on crash mum Rachel Elliott was success, says family

By Amy Molloy

The family of a young mother who was critically injured in a car crash in which two people were killed has said her surgery has been a success.

Rachel Elliott (25) was thrown from the Peugeot 306 that crashed into a wall and a pole in Bundoran, Co Donegal, in the early hours of August 19.

Mother-of-one Shiva Devine (20), originally from Ballintra, Co Donegal, but living in Belleek, Co Fermanagh, and Conall McAleer (20), from Fermanagh, were killed instantly in the accident.

Rachel, from Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, was brought to Dublin's Beaumont Hospital for specialist treatment and underwent surgery on Monday.

"Rachel has come out of surgery with all going good," her sister Donna said.

"Still a waiting game to see if she will be fit to walk or not... nothing is going to put our Rachel down."

Earlier this week Donna said Rachel had shown signs of improvement.

"We want to thank everyone for your continuous support," she said.

"Rachel has finally opened her eyes and there is an improvement.

"Please keep praying.

"We got the Padre Pio glove to bless Rachel. It's in God's hands now and we have great faith.

"As you can imagine, Rachel is in intensive care.

"Her immediate family are only getting in twice a day as they are extremely strict on visiting as she is so critically ill at this time.

"We really appreciate your calls, texts and prayers. Please keep praying. We have to get Rachel home."

The funerals of Ms Devine and Mr McAleer have taken place and mourners said prayers for Rachel and the other crash survivors. It is understood there were six people in the car when it crashed.

The driver of the vehicle initially left the scene but presented himself to gardai later and was arrested. He was questioned at Ballyshannon Garda Station before being released.

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